Paul Simon Schedule
Paul Simon fans get ready! Paul Simon is set to kick off his new tour this month, and you will
definitely want to be there! Simon, along with his longtime friend, Sting, are ready to rock your socks off! Simon and Sting
will hit the road together, performing on stage for the first-time ever. He currently has shows scheduled for the Pepsi Center
in Denver; The Forum in Inglewood; Honda Center in Anaheim; SAP Center in San Jose; Key Arena in Seattle; as well as stops
in Vancouver and St. Paul. These venues are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tour dates, so there is bound to
be a venue near you that will be showcasing this remarkable music icon. StubHub has what you need to get to the big show in
style. But don't wait because these tickets are certain to go fast!
Paul Simon Background
Simon was born in New Jersey and relocated to Queens, New York, with his parents, Belle, an English teacher, and his father,
a bandleader and also a teacher. He met Art Garfunkel in Queens at a young age. Garfunkel was known as "the most famous singer
in the neighborhood." In fact, Simon cites Garfunkel's fourth-grade talent show performance as his main influence in starting
to sing himself. At Forest Hill High School, Simon and Garfunkel paired up to establish a duo dubbed, Tom and Jerry. The duo
put on shows from time to time at school dances. Collectively, they put in $7 to cut the track, Hey Schoolgirl, in 1957. The
song became a minor hit and scored them an opportunity to go on American Bandstand following Jerry Lee Lewis. Eventually,
Tom and Jerry parted ways to attend college after they were unsuccessful in generating a follow-up hit.
A few years
later, Simon and Garfunkel reunited. They issued their debut album, Wednesday Morning 3 A.M. in 1964. The album failed to
make a dent on the music mainstream, but it paved the way for their collaborative style. The album additionally featured an
acoustic rendition of The Sound of Silence, that would eventually set the tone for bigger success.
Disheartened by the
lack of attention for their first album, Simon decided to venture out on his own and released The Paul Simon Songbook in 1965.
Although the album didn't make any waves at the time, it did include Kathy's Song and I Am a Rock, which would eventually
become adored by fans.
A year later, Simon and Garfunkel tried again. This time, they came out with the album, Sounds
of Silence. Among its tracks, was The Sound of Silence. The song was re-edited to include electric accompaniment. The new
version struck a chord with listeners, and overnight, the pair became the coveted choice for literary-minded university students.
were starting to look up for the duo, and in 1967, they were asked to work on the soundtrack for The Graduate film. The soundtrack
became a tremendous success, featuring Mrs. Robinson and Scarborough Fair.
Bridge Over Troubled Water (1969) was the
only album Simon and Garfunkel produced together after The Graduate. The title track's soothing lyrics spoke to the 1960s
generation and quickly became their cultural anthem.
By the time the next decade rolled around, Simon and Garfunkel
went their separate ways because of artistic differences. Simon decided to take another stab at a solo career, and worked
on his eponymous album. The album contained tunes like Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard and Mother and Child Reunion. The
album drew considerable praise from critics.
Simon continued to churn out commercial and critical hits through the mid-'70s.
But during the second half of the decade, things started to wind down. Simon and Garfunkel got back together in 1982 for a
global tour but their efforts to work on another studio album together culminated into conflict and led to several years of
During the '80s Simon developed a penchant for Brazilian and African music. His new-found passion led him to
take a trip to South Africa in 1985. It was there he started working on his crowning success, Graceland. The album mashed
elements of Tex-Mex, Zulu choral singing, zydeco, rock and mbaqanga. The album encompassed an authentic sound that no one
had ever heard before. A trailblazing and bold separation from his earlier projects, Graceland turned out to be one of the
dubious hits of that decade. And, it helped to put South African at the center of the world stage and reinstated Paul Simon's
Graceland was followed up with The Rhythm of the Saints. The album featured American blues, Cameroonian
vocalists and West African guitar. It wasn't as popular as its predecessor but it did give Simon the chance to explore the
concept that "we are all connected on this very basic emotional level by music -- by rhythm and harmony."
Paul Simon has a long rich history. Throughout his career, he has earned 13 Grammy Awards as well as one
Lifetime Achievement Award. He was additionally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And, in 2007, he was presented
with the Library of Congress's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Paul Simon Trivia
Paul Simon has appeared
on Saturday Night Live over a dozen times, most recently on March 9, 2013. Hosted by Justin Timberlake, Simon played a member
of the Five-Timers Club. In a skit from 1986, Simon, who was at the time promoting his album, Graceland, played himself, waiting
in line with a friend to get into a movie. He amazes his friend by remembering intricate details about prior meetings with
passers-by, but draws a complete blank when he is approached by Art Garfunkel. Another iconic episode of SNL that featured
the living legend aired on November 20, 1976. Simon appeared with George Harrison as the musical guests on the Thanksgiving
Day episode. The two performed Homeward Bound and Here Comes the Sun together. Simon also opened the show with Still Crazy
After All These Years dressed in a turkey outfit in tribute to the upcoming holiday. About halfway through the song, Simon
tells the band to stop playing because of his humiliation. After delivering a frustrating speech to the audience, he leaves
the stage, backed by applause. Lorne Michaels positively greets Simon backstage, but Simon is still upset and yells at Michaels
because of the embarrassing turkey outfit. The skit happens to be one of the SNL's most played sketches. Paul Simon was on
the first SNL to air after the September 11, 2001, attacks. He performed The Boxer to the audience and the NYC firefighters
and police officers.
Paul Simon Concert Experience
Both Paul Simon and Sting are ready to give the fans
everything they have to give! From their solo hits to performing together, the 2014 tour is going to be one you will never
forget! Seeing living legends like these performers on one stage is an event that should prompt you to get off the couch and
order some tickets! You owe it to yourself, so let StubHub help you get there. It's fast, easy and convenient!